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TO DROBAK AND BACK

THE NOBEL PEACE MUSEUM AND THE FAST FERRY TRIP

semi-overcast 10 °C

OSLO AT THE TOP END OF OSLO FIORD IS HOME TO THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE MUSEUM.

The museum is directly opposite the main wharves where all the visitors to Oslo disembarked in the early 1900's. the main ferry terminals are here for all the many ferries for working people who live in suburbs on the many hills that slope down to the fiord. Around the fiord, everyone has a water view and 99% of the homes visible from the waters are traditional Norwegian design.

Ferry commuters arriving here pass the Museum every which way to get trams, busses, T-banes etc. on their trips to work

The museum has a remarkable display about all the Nobel Peace Prize recipients, their lives, deeds and also the many war torn and oppressed countries where they toiled to improve the lives of their countrymen.

There was a very moving display about Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma who was given her Medal in Oslo on 16 June this year, after being released from prison and house arrest, 21 years after she was awarded the medal in 1991.

Our destination was Drobak, a fishing village situated where the Oslo fiord is its narrowest width between Oslo and the open sea which is another 70 km south of Drobak. There is an island slap bang in the middle of the fiord and the Norwegians had a fort ' Oscarsborg' here since the early 1800's, with only 500metres of water each side, an ideal spot. The day the Germans invaded Norway in WW2 a German battle cruiser tried to pass the fort and was sunk. This delayed the German entry into Oslo and their King and some of the Government Officials were able to escape to England.

Now some photos

THE NOBEL PEACE MUSEUM

THE NOBEL PEACE MUSEUM

THE FAST FERRY TO DROBACK

THE FAST FERRY TO DROBACK

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A HOUSE BUILT ON A ROCK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FIORD

A HOUSE BUILT ON A ROCK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FIORD

WATER FRONT HOUSE

WATER FRONT HOUSE

HOUSE NEAR FORNEBRU

HOUSE NEAR FORNEBRU

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TYPICAL FERRY WHARF  OF SMALL VILLAGE ALONG THE FIORD

TYPICAL FERRY WHARF OF SMALL VILLAGE ALONG THE FIORD

HOUSES NEAR SEMMESTAD

HOUSES NEAR SEMMESTAD

EARLY LIGHTHOUSE ON THE FIORD

EARLY LIGHTHOUSE ON THE FIORD

SORRY THIS IS THE LIGHTHOUSE

SORRY THIS IS THE LIGHTHOUSE

OSCARSBORG FORTRESS FROM THE AIR

OSCARSBORG FORTRESS FROM THE AIR

ENTRY TO ONE OF THE TUNNELS UNDER THE FORT (1835)

ENTRY TO ONE OF THE TUNNELS UNDER THE FORT (1835)

LOOKING TOWARDS DROBAK FROM THE FORT

LOOKING TOWARDS DROBAK FROM THE FORT

THE GUN THAT SANK THE GERMAN BATTLE CRUISER

THE GUN THAT SANK THE GERMAN BATTLE CRUISER

DROBAK VILLAGE HARBOUR

DROBAK VILLAGE HARBOUR

MORE OF THE HARBOUR

MORE OF THE HARBOUR

PLENTY OF THESE IN NORWAY

PLENTY OF THESE IN NORWAY

TYPICAL CANOE STERN CLINKER 'PUTT-PUTT' BOAT

TYPICAL CANOE STERN CLINKER 'PUTT-PUTT' BOAT

APPLE TREES IN THE MAIN STREET

APPLE TREES IN THE MAIN STREET

THIS PHOTO AND 4 MORE OF HOUSES DATING FROM 1780'S

THIS PHOTO AND 4 MORE OF HOUSES DATING FROM 1780'S

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THE THREE MERMAIDS

THE THREE MERMAIDS

THE VILLAGE HAROUR IN WINTER

THE VILLAGE HAROUR IN WINTER

FRESH PRAWNS  ---  JUST COOKED,  SAY THE SIGNS

FRESH PRAWNS --- JUST COOKED, SAY THE SIGNS

COASTAL PATROL RESCUE BOAT

COASTAL PATROL RESCUE BOAT

THIS PHOTO AND 4 MORE OF HOUSES ALONG THE FIORD ON THE WAY BACK FROM DROBAK.

THIS PHOTO AND 4 MORE OF HOUSES ALONG THE FIORD ON THE WAY BACK FROM DROBAK.

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WE PASSED THIS CLIPPER ON THE WAY BACK TO OSLO

WE PASSED THIS CLIPPER ON THE WAY BACK TO OSLO

A bit more about Drobak, at this point in the fiord the sea water did not freeze much in the winter so it was an ideal spot for a fishing fleet. I think the water currents have something to do with this but the mermaids were OK too!

Nowadays it is a favoured day tripping spot -only about 35 minutes from Oslo by Freeway. Markets here every Sunday and plenty of trendy eateries.

Well that's all for today- hope you like the scenery

Norma and Jack

Posted by normaandjack 09:07 Archived in Norway

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